Ambassador of the Year
Leaders with Motivation
With the conviction that Saguenay is unmatched for accommodating events, they are distinguished by their dedication, their commitment to the city and their skills in mobilizing. We recognize their contribution to Saguenay's economic development by way of their involvement.
2018 - Karine Truchon, Elise Desbiens, Maude Gagnon et Anne-Chantale Couture
In 2018, the title Ambassador of the Year was not awarded to one person, but to a team that worked for years to bring the Convention of l’Ordre professionnel des technologistes médicaux du Québec in Saguenay. Their determination paid off in 2018, with nearly 500 delegates, a record attendance and a confirmed success thanks to the team's commitment, involvement and the local colors they gave to the event.
2017 - Colonel Darcy Molstad
In his 20 years with the Canadian Air Force, the colonel spent eight years in Bagotville. Born in Alberta, the colonel nevertheless considers Saguenay as his home. Upon his arrival, the Colonel has invested himself as President of the Bagotville International Air Show (SAIB). Surrounded by a skilled and experienced team, he didn’t spare his effort to attract demonstration teams never seen in Saguenay before. The success of the 2017 edition is undeniable since: 132,000 visitors set foot on the air base during the event!
2016 - Chantale Poirier
Ms. Poirier has been involved in the world of baseball for over 16 years and organized the Pee-wee and Bantam Championnats Québécois de Baseball Féminin (Québec baseball championships for women) on three separate occasions. She welcomed and organized the Baseball Canada Championships for girls under 16 in 2014 and 2015. In addition to the large-scale national event held in 2015, Baseball Canada offered for her to host the Senior Championships during their visit. Recognized and respected among her peers, she’s also a member of the provincial women’s baseball committee.
2015 - Cégep de Chicoutimi and Cégep de Jonquière
The 2015 ambassador of the year was jointly awarded to the Cégep of Chicoutimi and Jonquière. In June 2015, both Cégeps joined forces to accommodate the Association Québécoise Pédagogie Collégiale (Québec association of collegial studies) conference, a corporate event that regrouped 1,200 people. Ms. Roxanne Tremblay and Cathie Gauthier from Cégep de Jonquière and Cégep de Chicoutimi respectively, accepted the trophy on behalf of their Cégep. Every year both institutions are involved in hosting a multitude of sporting, cultural and corporate events. It was an occasion for Saguenay to express gratitude toward both Cégeps.
2014 – Roger Tremblay
Roger Tremblay's career in both athletics and sports involvement is nothing less than impressive.
Founder of the judo club in Jonquière, Mr. Tremblay organized 4 provincial championships, 3 Canadian championships and 2 international championships: The Pan-Am Masters in 2007 and the World University Championships in 1996.
He won three gold medals at the Judo Masters Championships during his competitions. In addition, he was named trainer by excellence at the regional and provincial level on several occasions, he was also honorary president of the Mérite Sportif Régional (regional sports awards) in 1997 and 2004. This long list of achievements culminates with his induction as Builder in the Judo Québec Hall of Fame.
2013 – Marc Fortin and Bernard Noël
Marc Fortin and Bernard Noël joined forces and mobilized thousands of people during the finals of the 48th Jeux du Québec d’Hiver (Québec winter games) in Saguenay.
Renowned as a devout volunteer, Mr. Fortin relies on his good business sense and his genuine love of people and youth sporting events as president of the organizing committee.
Mr. Bernard Noël is former vice-president of the organizing committee. He's been involved with the project since the beginning through dedication and perseverance. Both men have ensured the project's success through an inspiring demonstration of teamwork and cooperation.
2012 - Esther Laprise
Esther Laprise organized several congresses and events in Saguenay including the ACFAS congress - Association Francophone pour le Savoir in 2005, the Colloque Interuniversitaire Franco-Québécois sur la Thermique des Systèmes (Franco-Québec inter-university conference on thermal systems) (2011), The International Thermal Conductivity Conference (in June, 2011) and the Québec Engineering Competition. She was also part of the team of volunteers for the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie. A key resource in her organization, she's recognized for being meticulous, presenting original event programming, for her accumulated expertise and pushing the limits.
2011 – Bernard Noël
Bernard Noël is known for his devotion to sporting events, such as the Coupe des Nations Ville de Saguenay international cycling competition and obtaining the Jeux du Québec finale in the winter of 2013. He's respected for his continual investment and constant perseverance in organizing a host of events.
He's widely involved in the world of sports and events. Mr. Noël is president of the Commission des Sports et du Plein-Air (commission for sports and outdoor activities) for the City of Saguenay. He was also president of the Regroupement Loisirs et Sports du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (recreation and sports committee) from 2005 to 2008. He's also the founder of the Jonquière minor football association.
Mr. Noël is a seasoned athlete and participates in sporting events such as the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie.
2010 – Maude Thériault
The 2010 Ambassador of the year is deeply involved in her domain and has over 30 years of experience as architect and administrator of Le Group Daniel Paiement Architects firm. Maude Thériault is the recipient of many awards and distinctions in addition to numerous international encounters.
She's a woman who's kind, captivating, sympathetic, committed and compelling. Ms. Thériault is deeply dedicated to community involvement.
In 2010, she convinced at least 3 parties to hold their conventions in Saguenay. In fact, she organized the annual convention for Cystic Fibrosis Québec, the annual convention for the Association des Professeurs d’Histoire des Cégeps du Québec (association of history professors) and the annual meeting for the Ordre des Architectes du Québec (order of Québec architects).
2009 – Pierre Lavoie
Mr. Lavoie is a mobilizer, ultra-dynamic, a leader, a father and a top-rated athlete. Nothing can stand in his way of fulfilling his dreams. He's brought together many partners and friends during his challenges, making him a man who is loved and revered by his peers.
Due to his incredible endurance and communication skills, the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie is now a major regional event that benefits all of Québec.
Socially engaged, he's a recognized speaker and has obtained many rewards that confirm his status as an ideal ambassador for the City of Saguenay. His name and passion are known by all!
2008 – Roger Fradette
Architect by trade, Mr. Fradette is dynamic, a devout volunteer, a mobilizer and leader, a humble individual who's appreciated of his committees. He was actively involved in organizing major sporting events and was president of the organizing committee for three world cups for short track speed skating in 2003, 2006 and 2011.
Chairman of the nominating committee for the presentation of the 2009 Coupe Memorial in Saguenay, he's also a member of the Board of Directors for Sports-Québec since 2006 and was president of Fédération de Patinage de Vitesse du Québec (speed skating federation) from 2002 to 2006.
In 2008, he received the Jean Grenier award, a highly prestigious recognition decreed to an individual who's helped in organizing national and international competitions for speed skating in Canada.